Vivien B. Shelanski, Esq.

T: 212-751-2700
F: 212-751-4099
Business/Commercial
Vivien Shelanski has extensive experience as a mediator and arbitrator of complex business and commercial matters involving business torts, contract violations, sales of businesses, covenants not to compete, trade secrets, and related issues. Settings include domestic and international companies in many sectors: financial services, telecommunications, technology, healthcare, entertainment, advertising, and publishing.

Representative Matters

  • General Business
    • Breach of contract action between a terminated supplier and a large financial services organization involving claims of premature termination and lost profits, and counterclaims for breach of contract (chair of three-person arbitration panel)
    • Breach of contract claim by acquirer of international education and training organization alleging false representations and warranties
    • Claim for lost profits by participant in telecommunications joint venture
    • Claim of contract breach for failure to pay severance and stock options to terminated senior executive of offshore financial services company
    • Claims for delays and cost overruns in construction of nuclear power plant
    • Claims for unpaid commissions and wrongful termination by employees of accounting services company
    • Claims of copyright and trademark infringement by designers and manufacturers of specialty apparel, jewelry, and hardware
    • Claims of fraud in sale of land and construction of office facility for use by municipality
    • Claims of securities fraud brought by pension fund investor against issuer of initial public offering
    • Franchise disputes among automotive industry manufacturers and distributors involving business practice issues, chargebacks, warranties, and unpaid commissions  
  • Partnership/Corporate Disputes
    • Acrimonious dispute among sibling shareholders of family corporation about control, management structure, valuation, and future operations
    • Dispute among co-developers of suite of medical offices over control, construction, financing, and responsibility for projected cost overruns and losses
    • Multiple corporate governance disputes among cooperative corporations and shareholders, condominiums and owners, Boards of Directors/Managers, etc.
    • Partnership dissolution dispute over valuation of real estate and value of retiring partner’s practice

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor, The College of Commercial Arbitrators Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration (3rd. Ed., Forthcoming)
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Panel of Mediators, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lecturer at New York University School of Law

Background and Education

  • Assistant Circuit Executive for Legal Affairs, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1995-1998
  • Acting Assistant Professor, New York University School of Law, Spring 1995
  • Assistant Attorney General, New York State Department of Law, Real Estate Financing Bureau, 1992-1995
  • Litigation Attorney, Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and Howard Darby & Levin, 1985-1992
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Milton Pollack, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York, 1984-1985
  • J.D., with honors, New York University School of Law, 1984
  • Ph.D., Philosophy of Science, University of Chicago, 1970
  • A.B., with honors, Bryn Mawr College, 1964

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